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Last weekend we went to visit our son at college. We had a wonderful time. The weather was gorgeous and the football team victorious. Our son is excited about his classes; we were delighted with his friends and his church.
We ate out a lot over the weekend. It seems to me there are fewer and fewer vegetables in restaurants. There are plenty of salads. In fact salad was about the only item offered to a Type O. I found myself having three salads during the three-day trip.
Cafeterias were once popular, and they carried a large variety of vegetable choices. Family style restaurants used to be in style where you could order black-eyed peas, okra, or cooked greens. There are a few cafeterias and family style restaurants still around, but the trendy restaurants seem to serve only fancy sandwiches, pasta, or potatoes.
Friday night we ate at a sandwich shop. I ordered a salad with roast beef and topped it with walnuts and olive oil from the snack bag in the car. Saturday lunch would be in the middle of the football game. I knew there would be nothing at the concession stand for me to eat, so I snuck in a bag of trail mix. They quickly searched my purse at security, but fortunately did not dig deep enough to find my food. Saturday night we ate at a really nice Italian restaurant. I had a very tender beef dish topped with grilled onions & green peppers and another salad. Sunday was at a meat and potatoes restaurant. I went with their "low carb" meal, which was meat and salad.
It was all good food. It was all good for me. But I'm sick of salad. Yesterday I cooked collards, onions and ground beef all together. I've had a big bowl two days in a row for lunch. I had more vegetables for dinner: parsnips, black beans, and sweet potato chips.
Trends come and go. I will be glad when vegetables stage a restaurant come back.
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